How to choose between two special homes

There are a lot of homes on the market for buyers to choose from right now and it is not uncommon for them to see two (or more) that they really like – and then to have a tough time making a purchase decision.
This can be especially difficult for first-time buyers, says Berry Everitt, MD of the Chas Everitt International property group, “but there is a way to avoid the stress of uncertainty, and that is to go back to basics.
“Start by listing the requirements that prompted your search for a new home in the first place. This is not only about price but the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms you ‘must have’ as well as any non-essential but ‘nice to have’ features like a double garage, a security system, a pool and a lapa or entertainment area.
“Then compare each of the prospective homes you’re considering to this checklist to see how closely it matches the essentials, and which has more of the optional extras on your list.”
Next, he says, prospective buyers should make a detailed side-by-side comparison of factors such as proximity to schools, shops, recreational and medical facilities, routes to work, rates and taxes, local zoning regulations, and the condition of surrounding homes, roads, parks and even streetlights.
“Somewhere in all this detail, one home should gain a definite advantage. But if you do still have a problem making the decision, ask the selling agent or agents about the potential each home has for appreciation, and choose the one with the best growth prospects.”

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